P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Ashvin Swaminathan, 2017

PhD, Princeton University

Ashvin Swaminathan is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Mathematics at Princeton University

Born in New Providence, New Jersey, Ashvin A. Swaminathan is the son of Indian immigrants who embody the American Dream. From his parents, both of whom earned graduate degrees in the United States after spending the first twenty years of their lives in economic hardship, Ashvin has learned to be grateful for the freedoms and opportunities that the US has afforded him.

He was the valedictorian of his high school class and received early election to Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate. While Ashvin has demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in a broad range of academic subjects, mathematics is the love of his life, and he aspires to become a math professor. As an undergraduate at Harvard University, he has not only authored ten research papers on a diverse collection of mathematical topics, receiving the Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for his work, but has also served as a teaching fellow for six advanced math courses and has won prizes for excellence in teaching.

Having graduating from Harvard with degrees in both mathematics and physics, Ashvin is currently pursuing a PhD in mathematics at Princeton University under the supervision of Manjul Bhargava. The focus of his current research is arithmetic statistics, with an emphasis on applications to studying the Cohen-Lenstra heuristics and Diophantine equations. In his future career as a professor, he would like to work together with his students to develop a successful research program within arithmetic statistics. Through his teaching, Ashvin hopes to realize his conviction that mathematics has the power to unify people of diverse backgrounds and interests under the common banner of seeking truth, depth, and wisdom in all their pursuits.

  • Ashvin Swaminathan GIF
  • MA | Harvard University 2017
  • BA Mathematics | Harvard University 2017
  • PhD Mathematics | Princeton University
  • National Winner, Siemens AP Science Award, 2013
  • Valedictorian, The Harker School, 2013
  • Detur Book Prize for Academic Excellence, Harvard University, 2014
  • John Harvard Scholar, Harvard University, 2014-2016
  • Harvard University Certificate for Distinction in Teaching, [Math 123, Math 114, Math 131]
  • Robert Fletcher Rogers Prize, Department of Mathematics, Harvard University, 2016
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, 2016
  • Phi Beta Kappa (Junior 24), 2016
  • Finalist, Fannie and John Hertz Fellowship, 2017
  • Centennial Fellowship, Princeton University
  • Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize, 2018
  • National Merit Scholar
  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
Work History
  • Department of Mathematics, Harvard University, Course Assistant | August 2014 - May 2017
  • University of Minnesota, NSF Summer Math REU, Researcher (mentor: Joseph Gallian) | January 2014 - December 2015
  • Emory University, NSF Summer Math REU, Researcher (mentors: Ken Ono and Jesse Thorner) | January 2015 - December 2015
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